We feed each other

I saw this picture in a friends facebook post. I was unable to post a coherent comment. May God bless both these souls and their mothers, to them I dedicate the poem below.

(Picture source:  http://hphotos-sea1.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s320x320/402654_343690202317272_178265202193107_1319679_400449610_n.jpg)

We Feed Each Other

In these gray days

we who wander

with starving gaze,

grief surrounded,

with nothing to praise,

looking for bread

feed on each other,

live from each other.

One to another,

we feed hope to each other.

I see your good deed

on this grace I feed.

Brother to brother,

we learn from each other,

there is no other

sustenance here.

We who wander

have come to expect

so little kindness,

so much regret,

that when we greet

our eyes don’t meet

and when we part

we seldom look back.

Few are the sages

of relevance here.

Few meaningful phrases

reach down this low.

Here, where the filth flows

and the vultures crow,

were decay is fast

and progress slow.

But it is you who feed me,

my sorrow you lift

with your silent wisdom,

your  anonymous gifts.

“Love thy neighbor,”

a flame barely alive.

Each other’s savior,

we hold back the tide.

And so we who wander

in this ruinous age

give to each other

the strength that saves.

One to another,

one to another,

child to mother

sister to brother.

First a spiritless act,

then uncertain return,

then new breath,

then we yearn.

For light, for love,

for hope’s rays.

And on this we would

build a whole new age.

About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at rheaharmsen.com
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